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Leora Tanenbaum

I Am Not a Slut: Slut-Shaming in the Age of the Internet


Leora Tanenbaum coined the term “slut-bashing”–the precursor to the term “slut-shaming”–in 1999. Her newest book is I Am Not a Slut: Slut-Shaming in the Age of the Internet. This book offers a fresh perspective on the phenomenon of teenage girls and young women labeling each other “sluts” and “hos.” It has been named one of 11 “groundbreaking books about women making history.”

I Am Not a Slut is a sequel to Slut! Growing Up Female With a Bad Reputation, a staple in sociology and gender/​women’s studies courses on college campuses around the United States. Slut! has been called one of the 20 “must-read” books of all time for women.

Leora is also the author of Taking Back God: American Women Rising Up for Religious Equality. It exposes the fact that millions of American Christian, Jewish, and Muslim women love their religion but are deeply troubled over their inferior status as women within their faith.

Leora has also written Catfight: Rivalries Among Women: From Diets to Dating, From the Boardroom to the Delivery Room, about the ways in which women often try to sabotage one another. Catfightwas an alternate selection of the Quality Paperback Book Club.

On a lighter note, Leora had a fun time writing Bad Shoes & The Women Who Love Them, a cheerful wake-up call to women who love shoes to take care of their feet. Internationally, her books are available in Germany, Turkey, Greece, and Australia/​New Zealand.

In addition to books, Leora has written for The New York Times, Newsday, Seventeen, Ms., and The Nation, among many other publications. She was one of the original bloggers for The Huffington Post.She has been featured in Redbook, The Washington Post, and The Forward, among many publications. She is quoted regularly in newspapers such as The New York Times, L.A. Times, Chicago Tribune, and USA Today.

Leora is a member of the Pembroke Center Associates Council of Brown University and PEN American Center.

Leora lectures widely at venues including the global Women’s Forum on the Economy and Society in Deauville, France; the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco; the 92nd Street Y in New York City; the Brooklyn Book Festival; the Stop Slut conference at the New School in New York City; and campuses such as Stanford, Columbia, Duke, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and Spelman College. She also has spoken at Limmud NY and the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance.

Leora regularly discusses girls’ and women’s lives on TV news and entertainment shows. She has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, Nightline, Inside Edition, The O’Reilly Factor, Politically Incorrect, Melissa Harris-Perry, and other programs. She is proud to have been lampooned on CNN’s Capitol Gang.

Currently she is the editorial director at Barnard College, Columbia University. Leora lives in New York City with her two teenage sons.

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